America’s aversion to truth (including humility and purity), especially among political leaders, has paved the way for evil and madness to fill the void, as the presidential campaign aptly demonstrates.
It’s worth noting, at the birth of the nation,”most people in the early 1790’s did not want (political) parties. Not only the exalted George Washington, who was trying to be president of all the people, but Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison railed against the spirit of party. ‘If I could not go to heaven but with a party,’ Jefferson explained, ‘I would not go there at all.'” The Deadlock of Democracy, (Prentice, 1967)